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In Ten Words, How Does Your Caregiving Day Start?

6 a.m. in Dana's house: "After giving my husband a bed bath, changing his catheter, and transferring him into his wheelchair, we're up for the day, and I make the bed while he brushes his teeth and empties his leg bag. Next: breakfast."

From our Caregiving Day in Photos: 6 a.m. in Dana’s house: “After giving my husband a bed bath, changing his catheter, and transferring him into his wheelchair, we’re up for the day, and I make the bed while he brushes his teeth and empties his leg bag. Next: breakfast.”

I think a family caregiver starts a day like no other. You’re not just starting your day, you’re also starting the day of your caree (or carees) and perhaps your kids.

So, I’d love to know more about how your day starts–your tasks, your priorities, your time constraints, your pressure, your favorite breakfast. And, for fun, I’d love to know what’s it like in ten words. (I’m giving you four bonus words for this one. And, remember, you can hyphenate to create one word.) You can create as many ten-word stories to describe the start of your day as you’d like.

It could be:

The morning begins as it ends: Clean, loud, rush, scramble.

Change sheets, change caree, change me, hand-off to the aide.

Please share your ten-word stories about how your day starts in our comments section, below. I’ll choose a random winner to receive audio copies of Take Comfort and Take Comfort, Too. With these MP3s, you can bring my words of comfort with you wherever you need them–the car, the doctor’s house, your house.

Looking forward to reading your stories.

About Denise Brown

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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched CareGiving.com in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues.

9 comments

  1. Avatar of Kathy

    Dogs, Me, Coffee, Prayer, FaceBook, Wait for Hubby’s orders, Jump.

  2. Avatar of darciejane

    Coffee, internet, shower, dress, drive, dump commode, serve ginger ale.

  3. Avatar of Sue

    First of all – I love that room in the picture! The color, the headboard, the sign on the wall…it looks peaceful and comforting!

    Okay – ten words:

    Early rise, coffee, breakfast, hugs, meds in syringes, plan day!

  4. Avatar of ejourneys

    Partner nabs me before food or drink, speaks dissertations aloud.

  5. Avatar of Casandra

    With as much coffee as possible!

    I can’t even get to ten words with that one. LOL

  6. Avatar of Richard

    Wake Robert Dogs Meds Shower Lunch Mocha’s Breakfast Showers Transportation

  7. Avatar of Richard

    Well Oiled Machine, Precise Some Days, Chaos, Hap Hazard Others

  8. Avatar of Denise

    Congrats to @comicvixen, who won the MP3s!

  9. Avatar of Casandra

    Yay! I never win anything… this is awesome! Thanks :)

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